Schoolgirls spelling out successes

Spelling Bee winners at St Peter's High School Orrell.'Left Caitlin Mc Greevy with right Hannah Lamb
Spelling Bee winners at St Peter's High School Orrell.'Left Caitlin Mc Greevy with right Hannah Lamb

THESE two Wigan students have reached the final of a spelling bee with a difference.

Hannah Lamb and Caitlin McGreevy, of St Peter’s Catholic High School, in Orrell, have beaten off competition from more than 61,000 youngsters nationwide to reach the final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee.

The event, to be held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday July 4, will see the year seven pupils compete to correctly spell the most number of words in German in just 60 seconds.

The competition, run by Routes into Languages and sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express, has seen a total of 61,493 year seven pupils take part from 496 schools across the country.

Having first won through class, school and regional heats, the finalists have each been given 200 words to memorise in their chosen language.

German is notorious for having long words, particularly nouns. The girls were tested on words such as das Radiergummi (the rubber), der Geburtstag (the birthday), fürchterlich (awful) and der Taschenrechner (the calculator).

Caitlin said: “I am so pleased with how well I’ve done. I can’t believe I got this far and I’m over the moon I’m going to Cambridge. I can’t wait to be spelling again with Hannah and hopefully we will do really well next month.”

Hannah said: “It was a privilege to represent St Peter’s at the regional final in Manchester. I want to thank the school, my friends and my family for their support.”

Laura Swindells, foreign language teacher at St Peter’s High School, said: “All year seven class teachers are very proud of their pupils’ determination and positive attitude towards the competition.

“Pupils have developed not only their language skills and pronunciation but their general literacy skills too.

“All pupils receive a certificate of participation, with special certificates and prizes presented to the stage winners in a dedicated assembly.”